Registered Charity Number

Registered as a “Charitable Incorporated Organisation” on 29th October 2018.

Mission Statement

To promote for the benefit of the public, the restoration, conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the North Walsham & Dilham Canal and its corridor.


The Trust was formed in January 2008 by volunteers involved with the East Anglian Waterways Association.

The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust are a group of volunteers passionate about the restoration of Norfolk’s only locked 200+ year old sailing canal.

Overseen by our Chair our ‘volunteers’ group consists of: The Chair, Honorary Vice President, A Trust Administrator, Minutes Secretary, Treasurer, Acting Work Party Organiser, Work Party Leader, Deputy Work Party leaders. The Trust also has a Press Officer, Membership Secretary, ICT Officer along with a Wildlife Officer, Fisheries Officer, Boating Officer, Acting Events Co-ordinator, “Quagmire” Newsletter Editor, Grants Officer, and a Work Party Photographer. Along with our Trustees we also have specialist Officers; an Education Officer, Land Issues advisor but certainly not forgetting our Events volunteers, especially with ‘cake baking skills’ helping out at many of our events throughout the year.

We’ve taken great steps forward in the last nine years, the mill pond at Ebridge has been cleared, Bacton Wood Lock, Royston and Ebridge spillways have been renovated, there has been de-silting done, bank strengthening work and replacement of the lock gates including our first project as a registered charity, the restoration of Ebridge Lock. Over 2.3 miles of the Canal bank and one mile of Canal has been opened up for the public use, whether walkers, birders or boaters. Late 2017 saw the introduction of ‘pleasure cruises’ on our solar powered canal cruise boat which is proving to be extremely popular. On 10th January 2018 a TRIAL re-watering of the Canal section between Pigneys Wood and Royston Bridge took place, which proved to be very successful.

All of this made possible with the help and support of the Canal landowners, funded by donations from businesses, groups and individuals, and, of course, the hard work of all our volunteers and working parties.